Sunday, February 13, 2011

Weekend Origami-- Valentine's Hearts

Since tomorrow is Valentine's Day, I thought I'd share a few Origami Valentine's hearts!  Three hearts, in fact--from Very Easy to Medium Easy to A Little Bit Harder.

This first one uses just 1/3 of a sheet of origami paper (a 5 x 15cm strip from a 15x15cm square), so of course you could make three hearts from one sheet if you wanted to.  I'm folding in the video below, and Koshi is camera-man (please excuse the bobbling--Koshi was trying to get Teddy to be quite.  It's Teddy you can hear at the end suddenly saying "Barentine!"... much giggling then ensued....)



How was that?  Dekita, ka na?  Were you able to fold that one?  Here's one that is just a wee bit more complicated (but not much).  This one uses a whole sheet of paper:



Dekimashita ka?  Did you fold that one, too?  It's not too difficult.  Here's one more that uses the "hiraite-tsubusu"  ("open out- and- smush flat") maneuver.  My daughter (first grade) can do this, but she started doing origami in kindergarten.  Even still, I think most kids from 7 or 8 can probably do this.  If you're just starting out, try the easier hearts first before folding this one.  The move I just mentioned ("open out-and-smush") means basically folding a triangle, then opening the triangle up and flattening it into a diamond shape.  It's a move used in origami a *lot*.  Give it a go!


Happy Valentine's Day!

Mata asobou, ne!

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